Heritage Senior Living is trying out some cutting-edge technology by working with a university—exemplifying an industry trend that has seen other providers do the same.
According to Senior Housing News, the West Allis, Wisconsin-based senior living provider is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Partners for Health to bring to its residents virtual reality, a new therapy mat, telehealth programs and a social companion robot called Jibo. Under the new partnership, five of the university’s nursing students will work more than 480 hours during a two-semester practicum and residency at five of Heritage’s 15 Wisconsin communities.
Participating residents will be evaluated while using the new technology, on a program schedule slated to last about 6 months at a time. Each school year, Heritage also plans to expand its partnership by including other interdisciplinary members of a health care initiative such as social work and Ph.D. students.
The arrangement represents a win-win for both the university and for the senior living operator, and a shift away from the hospitality operating model that some industry players have embraced in recent years.
“At Heritage Senior Living, we’re always looking for ways to lead the health care industry and efforts to move away from a social model to a medicyal model of care in senior living communities,” stated Heritage Senior Living’s Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Jaime Schwingel, in a press release. “The research will help drive future technological initiatives for Heritage Senior Living and encourage nursing and therapy students to consider careers working with the nation’s largest growing population, people over age 65.”
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